Map showing drought conditions in the western United States in 2020

Does Less Pollution Mean Less Precipitation?

IIHR researchers Wei Zhang and Gabriele Villarini (IIHR director) have published research linking urban sprawl to an increase in rainfall and flooding during Hurricane Harvey.
Jerry Schnoor speaks in front of an audience about climate change.

A Dangerous Experiment

Climate change is here, Jerry Schnoor says, but uncertainties remain. How much will the temperature rise? What we will do about it?
IIHR's Andres Martinez (center) adjusts a sensor measuring airborne PCBs near the New Bedford Harbor in Massachusetts.

New Bedford Harbor a Source of Airborne PCBs

IIHR researchers are part of a team studying airborne PCBs near New Bedford Harbor, Mass.
Tools and resources developed by the Iowa Flood Center are making a difference for Iowa communities faced by repeated flooding. Case in point, Cedar Rapids—2016 was very different from 2008.

A Flood Story: 2008 vs. 2016

In 2008, Cedar Rapids took a major hit from flooding. In 2016, floodwaters came again. What happened this time?
Charles Stanier CLEA4R project monitors air pollution in Iowa using Airbeam handheld tracking sensors.

Studying Air Pollution in Iowa

IIHR Research Engineer Charles Stanier and his team work with K-12 students and others to monitor and map particulate pollutant concentrations in the air.
Gabriele-Villarini stands in front of the AGU Awards

Villarini Receives AGU Macelwane Medal

IIHR's Gabriele Villarini was recently chosen to receive the American Geophysical Union’s James B. Macelwane Medal.